A loan of $1,050 helped to buy a table, chairs and an umbrella.

Fanny Yessenia's story

Fanny has lived in Quevedo since she was born; she works selling prepared food. She started five years ago having been motivated by her very family.

Fanny relates that it all came about one morning when she was preparing breakfast and her family told her that she made delicious tortillas and should sell them. So based on this one day she bought the necessary ingredients and started selling in front of her house keeping in mind that if she did well she’d continue doing it.

Much to her surprise she was very well received and with help from her family she bought a table and several utensils to start the business. She tends to it by herself since she’s the one that cooks, collects payment and takes care of customers. She sells tortillas, ‘muchines’ [deep-fried, cheese-stuffed manioc balls] and ‘corviches’ [deep-fried, fish-stuffed plantain balls] that can be accompanied by a cola and home-made hot sauce.

Fanny will use her loan to buy a table, chairs and an umbrella she needs in order to provide better service. Her dream is to open a restaurant in a locale because since she started to sell food she’s been able to give her family a better lifestyle.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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